Author Spotlight

John Pym

John Pym, who edited sixteen annual editions of the Time Out Film Guide, is the author of a monograph on Preston Sturges’s The Palm Beach Story and two books on the Merchant Ivory partnership. He was educated in England and America and began reviewing for the London magazine Time Out in 1975, before joining the British Film Institute for a thirteen-year spell on the Monthly Film Bulletin and the old quarterly Sight & Sound. He has involved himself in documentary filmmaking in India, Africa, and the United States. Portions of this essay appeared in a slightly different form in Pym’s Merchant Ivory’s English Landscape: Rooms, Views, and Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (Harry N. Abrams, 1995).

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A Room with a View: English Hearts and Italian Sunshine

Merchant Ivory Productions’ sun-kissed romantic comedy is an effervescent tale of class and manners among the Edwardian English.

By John Pym